New York Mayor Eric Adams announced a draft budget of $100 billion for 2024, which includes cuts to social services, education and public libraries, and kindergarten for children under 3, which is free of charge.
Adams' announcement to impose budget restrictions caused controversy in the city and city council, particularly the cuts to social services and education budgets.
Mayor Adams had previously announced budget cuts to programs relied on by New Yorkers due to the economic crisis caused by the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers sent to the city by bus from other states.
'New Yorkers will suffer greatly from the budget constraint in libraries.'
The draft budget announced by Mayor Adams recommended cutting the budget for public libraries by $13 million this fiscal year and by more than $20 million next year.
Mayor Adams announced reduced working hours and the termination or closure of some programs in about 200 public libraries due to budgetary constraints. It was stated that the cuts proposed by Mayor Adams for libraries would greatly harm New Yorkers.
The proposed budget cuts for libraries, essential for people without internet access at home or for after-school tutoring and English language training, drew backlash.
Anthony W. Marx, President of the New York Public Library, said that worrying about where and what to cut kept him up at night.
A group of 13 members of the New York City Council stated that the mayor's latest budget adjustments would lead to instability in the city and said, 'The proposed restrictions are extremely cruel and dangerous.'
'New York has reached a breaking point.'
Mayor Adams, on the other hand, seemed determined. He stated the budget cuts were due to the influx of over 40,000 refugees. He said, 'New York has now come to a breaking point. We foresee that we can no longer continue to host incoming refugees on our own. The load on our infrastructure is huge. We filed an urgent request for help in New York this weekend. In this request, we urgently asked them to allocate funds to provide shelter for 500 asylum seekers.'
It is stated that New York City Mayor Adams met with the mayor of El Paso on Saturday and toured areas where refugees are known to cross the border.
El Paso is the city on the American-Mexico border where refugees have flocked the most recently.
A 1999 Graduate of the Faculty of Economics of Istanbul University, Ali has completed his MBA degree at the University of New Haven. He also worked as a Research Assistant at the Communication Department and Center of Professional Ethics during his MBA program. He served as the President of the International Students Association for two years at the University, and was awarded with the “Outstanding International Student” Award.
Mr. Cinar successfully completed various executive business certificate programs in 2004, 2005 and 2006 at Harvard Business School, MIT and New York University.
Ali Cinar is a journalist based in Washington,DC.He is currently working for Ciner Media Group(Haberturk TV,Bloomberg HT and Show TV) as the U.S Representative.He also works for U.S. based media outlets Turk of America magazine and Turkish Journal since 2005.He is lecturer at the Institute of Graduate Studies, Istanbul Aydin University since 2019.
He worked for Concord Industries as a Marketing Manager between 2002 and 2008. Afterwards, he started to work for a Fortune 500 company, Western Union, as a Marketing Manager holding responsibility for the business of US, Europe and Middle East between the years 2008 and 2012. He received six awards within four years from Western Union. After his successful career at Western Union, Cinar worked for a Wall Street Company, Tranfast (Mastercard), as a Marketing/Product Director between 2012-2014.
In addition to his professional responsibilities and educational accomplishments, Mr. Cinar has been making contributions to the US-Turkish relations and has also built bridges between many other communities in the United States. He holds proven leadership qualities and believes in the importance of being politically active. He also takes part in charity works such as Save Our Nations (Helping African children who were left orphan by Ebola Virus), Fighting with Cancer, Against Women Violence, Supporting Refugee Children and many more.
In the years 2004 and 2005, he was an Honorary Guest Speaker to discourse about the world economy at the American Coast Guard Military Academy.
Ali Cinar was testified at the U.S. Congress on Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Cinar has a very strong and close relationship at local and federal level officials nationwide. He has been organizing successful events for Members of Congress and Senate for over 10 years.
He holds press credentials from the NYPD, the United Nations and the U.S State Department and the White House. He writes articles in various ethnic newspapers and online media.
A good many Non-Profit Organizations in the States recognized Mr. Cinar for his accomplishments.
Between the years 2007 and 2019, Ali received various awards from the following associations:
Assembly of Turkish American Associations Leader of the Year Award, Washington DC
Mideast &Turkic Society of New York Police Department, NY
Save Our Nations Dream Maker Award, NJ
Southern New England Turkish American Association, CT
American Society of Azerbaijan, NY
Korean War Veterans Association-Central Long Island Chapter, NY
Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA
The Turkish American Association of Northern Texas, TX
Philadelphia Turkish American Association , PA
One of the TOP 10 Most Successful Young People by Junior Chamber International (JCI) TR (JCI, partner with United Nations, is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people aged 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world)
New York Giresun Association
Turkish American Giresun Association
Mediterranean Turkmen Association
Turksav Foundation (Turkish Society Writers and Artists Foundation)
The Turkish Women’s League of America - Ataturk School
The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI)
Turksoy Foundation (The International Organization of Turkic Culture)
The Azerbaijan American Women League
Turkish United Democrats Foundation
Eyup Sultan Cultural Center
Turkish Consulate of New York
The American Turkish Association of Washington DC
The Best Turkish-American Journalist of the Year in the USA, The Unimpeded Life Foundation
*Ali Cinar was selected to the “One of the Top 50 Most Influential Turkish-Americans” list by Turk of America Magazine.
Ali Cinar was awarded with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019 and was the youngest Turkish American to receive this distinction in over 30 years. He recently received a "Community Service Award' by the NYPD MT&S.
Mr. Cinar actively takes part in the following associations:
Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), UK
Turkish Heritage Organization, Washington DC
World Diaspora Association, New York
The Global Policy Institute - Washington, DC
Member of the New York Press Club, New York
Member of the United Nations Correspondents Association, New York
American Press Association
The Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States
Member of American Public Notary Association
Istanbul University Alumni Association of USA, New York
Azerbaijan Society of America, New York
Young Professional Member, the United Nations Association of the United – States of America (UNA-USA), New York
Balkan Turks American Association, New Jersey
*Ali Cinar served for the two largest Turkish-American Umbrella Organizations as the President of the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) between 2012-2014 and the Northeast Vice President of the Assembly of the Turkish Americans between 2010-2012. He was also the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee at the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry between 2008-2010 and served as a Treasurer at the Turkish PAC Northeast between 2010-2012.
As a proven bridge-builder, he has developed strong relationships with the following communities and also maintains it:
The Jewish Community
The Korean Community
The South Asian Community
The Ukrainian Community
The African American Community
Native American Community
The Balkans Community such as Macedonians, Albanians and Bulgarians
The Azerbaijan Community
The Turkmenistan Community
Cemil Ozyurt (born 1976) is a Turkish-American journalist, media manager, and co-founder & editor-in-chief of the U.S.-based Turk of America, the first Turkish-American magazine in English. He is also co-founder & Editor-in-Chief of Turk Avenue, a Turkish global business portal and Co-founder of TOA Awards, the only independent organization created to reward successful Turkish Americans.
Ozyurt was born in Mucur, Kirsehir in 1976. After completing elementary and middle school in Mucur, his family moved to Istanbul. He graduated from Pendik High School in Istanbul in 1993.
Ozyurt graduated from Marmara University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. He started his journalism career while he was student in the University in 1995 at Dunya Newspaper in Istanbul. He worked for the newspaper as a reporter from May 1, 1995 to December 15, 1998. After daily newspaper experiences, he started to work for Platin, the weekly business magazine. After six months working for the magazine, he joined the Army on August 1, 1999 at Tuzla Infantry School in İstanbul. Completed his duty on October 2000 and continued to work for Platin Magazine.
He moved to the United States on June 19, 2001 to pursue his master's degree. He attended a language school in New Jersey and studied on business journalism at Baruch College, City University of New York in 2004.
He started their first business as magazine publisher in August 2002 in New York City. Turk of America Magazine has become the longest running Turkish-American magazine that has published by Turkish Americans.
Along with TOA Consulting, TURKOFAMERICA Magazine, which has been awarding successful people of the United States in different categories since 2014, honors the year’s successful people in different field from diplomacy to business, academy to entrepreneurship. He has organized the 50 Most Influential Turkish-Americans Award Ceremony, the 30 Most Influential Turkish-American Women Award Ceremony, the 40 Under 40 Turkish-Americans Award Ceremony, the 30 Distinguished Friends of Turkey Award Ceremony, and Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony. He married with Fidan Ozyurt in 2008 and has two sons, Kerem Ali and Kaan Ahmet.
Honors & Awards
Local Media News Competition on Research Category, - Feature article: "Amerika'daki Türkler Çılgınca Dernekleşiyor"
The TurkofAmerica Magazine received “Excellence in Media” award at the 32. Annual National Turkish American Convention, organized by ATAA, FTAA, and TACC, on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Journalism • Digital Media • Social Media • Editing • Public Relations • Social Media Marketing • Business Strategy • Blogging • Publishing • Podcasting
A state of emergency was declared in El Paso recently. President Joe Biden expressed his desire to go to the southern border within the week. On the last day of the week, he went to El Paso, Texas, where thousands of South Americans have recently flocked to apply for asylum. President Biden met with border and local officials. When he arrived in Texas, he was greeted at the airport by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who had been harshly critical of immigration. Governor Abbott presented Biden with a letter on border issues.
The influx of Latin Americans who want to apply for asylum in the United States, in El Paso in particular, is one of the most important agenda items in the country. El Paso is the busiest of the nine border crossings between Mexico and the United States. Venezuelans make up a significant portion of those who reach El Paso. The US announced on Thursday that it would expand restrictions so that Venezuelans, Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians caught crossing the border illegally would be quickly deported to Mexico.
The Constitutional Court had recently decided to extend the term of Article 42, which has already expired. Article 42 came into force during former President Donald Trump's term. It allows border officials to deport any asylum applicants without looking into their legal situations in detail because of the pandemic.
After Biden's visit to El Paso, he traveled to Mexico with the Secretary of State Antony Blinken to attend the North American Leaders' Summit. The situation in America's southern border is also expected to play an important role at the leaders' summit, which will take place on January 9 and 10.
NYC Mayor Adams Announces Nearly 1,000 new Electric Vehicles to Replace Fossil Fuel-Powered City Fleet Vehicles, Deployment of new EV Charging Infrastructure.
NYC Mayor Adams, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock, and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced 10.1 million dollars in federal grants to replace nearly 925 fossil fuel-powered fleet vehicles with electric vehicles and install 315 new EV chargers across the New York City.
The $10.1 million in funding will help procure 382 Chevrolet Bolts, 360 Ford E-Transit vans, and 150 Ford F-150 E-Lightning pick-up trucks. Additionally, 25 plug-in hybrid street sweepers will be earmarked for DSNY, an important step in electrifying the city’s specialized equipment fleet.
Mayor Adams said: “When New Yorkers see cars, trucks, and vans with the ‘NYC’ logo on the side, they can rest assured that those vehicles are contributing to a greener city,” said Mayor Adams. “We are already ahead of schedule in transitioning city vehicles away from fossil fuels, and this new grant will allow us to take nearly 1,000 fossil-fuel vehicles off our roads, helping us reduce carbon emissions, make our air cleaner, and save on fuel costs.”
“We are laying the groundwork for an all-electric fleet of the future that will support critical citywide operations while benefiting the environment,” said DCAS Commissioner Pinnock.
“New York City must lead by example, and we are grateful for these critical partnerships with the federal government to help us reach our climate and air quality goals,” said New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Executive Director Kizzy Charles-Guzman. “This investment in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure will improve the health of New Yorkers and create a more sustainable New York.”
As of September 2022, DCAS reached its 2025 goal of transitioning 4,000 vehicles in the city fleet to electric vehicles — three years ahead of schedule. Currently, the electric fleet includes a wide range of vehicle types and categories from over 200 Ford Mustang Mach Es — most of which are for law enforcement purposes — to nearly 850 GM Bolts. DCAS expects to operate over 5,000 EVs by June 2023.
*NYC Mayor Press Release*
Koray Kasap is potentially one of the most famous and talented Turkish American photographers in 21st century joined to TURKOFAMERICA team as a creative art director and lead photographer. Kasap has worked as both an image maker and a photographer for several well-known Turkish singers, TV stars, model, and artists such Tarkan, Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan, Müslüm Gürses, Ahmet Kaya, Kenan Doğulu, Cem Yılmaz, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Bayezıt Öztürk. After moving to the United States in 2017, Kasap also worked with Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jason Statham. Most recently he shot photos of Netflix movie which was shot in New York, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Beren Saat have leading roles.
George Anton Kiraz has published extensively in the fields of computational linguistics, Syriac studies, and the digital humanities. He wrote several books, journals, research papers and articles about Syriacs. He is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, the Editor-in-Chief of Gorgias Press, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He earned an M.St. degree in Syriac Studies from the University of Oxford (1991) and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1992, 1996). His latest books include The Syriac Orthodox in North America (1895–1995): A Short History (2019) and Syriac-English New Testament (2020).
By Cemil Özyurt - We have left behind 20 years in publishing. There is no such continuity in publishing life in America. Since the beginning, migration stories have always intrigued me. The United States is a country of immigrants, and every immigrant has a story worth telling. In New Jersey, especially in Bergen County, I have been meeting Syriacs for many years. I've had good friendships. For a long time, I wanted to draft the story of the Syriac community in America in a special issue. I first told this intention to Erol Devli, one of the leading figures of the society. The aftermath came by itself anyway. I reached out to names that were respected in society. Cebrail (Gabriel) Akyön, one of the leading names in the Syriac community, helped me meeting many names at St. Gabriel Church in New Jersey. And a subject has emerged that has never been covered by any media outlet in the U.S. to date: the Syriac Community in America.
Even though the 2024 presidential elections are two years away, the Republican party has begun discussing its primaries. With critical candidates backed by Trump losing in the midterms held on November 8 and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis getting 60% of the votes, more and more Republican delegates have started losing hope in Trump.
The pro-DeSantis remarks from numerous Republican members of Congress and media outlets closely associated with Trump indicate that there will be a DeSantis–Trump rivalry in the next two years.
The 44-year-old DeSantis graduated from the History Department of Yale and went to law school at Harvard. DeSantis started his professional career as a federal prosecutor, and he was also a legal advisor in the U.S. Navy. He took on the cases of U.S. soldiers who committed war crimes in the city of Fallujah in Iraq. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and served two terms as a member of Congress.
His Foreign Policy Views:
DeSantis heavily criticized U.S. President Joe Biden for his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. He believes that NATO should adopt a strategy that focuses more on the war against terror. DeSantis condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, and he's known for his tough stance on migrants.
He believes that rivals like China and the nuclear deal with Iran should be vehemently opposed. He's known as the 'most pro-Israeli governor in the U.S.' DeSantis puts great importance on diplomatic engagement with North Korea, and he's also a politician who believes that the federal government should increase its military spending.
With the ongoing Russia–Ukraine war, DeSantis stressed the importance of the energy independence of the U.S. and said, 'Of course, we want lower prices, but we also want a more secure energy supply and to not depend on rogue regions in the world. That's why I think we should put Russian President Vladimir Putin in his place."
Comments within the Republican Party liken the foreign policy approach of DeSantis to that of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. DeSantis also compared the handling of the situation in Ukraine under the Obama and Trump administrations. "Obama refused to send weapons to Ukraine while he was the president. We sent weapons to Ukraine when Trump took over. Putin didn't take that well. Putin annexed Crimea while Obama was president. They weren't able to take anything when Trump was at the helm. And now, President Biden has entered Ukraine." he said.
His views on Turkey:
DeSantis didn't support the bills about the so-called Armenian Genocide while he was a Member of Congress. He criticized the events that took place in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., while he was serving in Congress in 2017. Florida Governor DeSantis met with Enes Kanter - who has a warrant arrest in Turkey - on April 26.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has an interview with the Daily News Editorial Board. "It's difficult to move forward while climbing up the ground with all of these things on your back. I'm so excited about 2023. We got some good stuff in the pipeline. I love doing my job," Mayor said.
Editorial Board asked the Mayor to give himself a grade during the interview, and Mayor Adams said, "I'm a hard grader on myself and I think I'm a straight B+ because I've gotta leave room for improvement. I'm a solid B+."
NYC Mayor Accomplishments and Significant Steps in 2022.
New York City Mayor's Office released a list of achievements for New Yorkers this year. Mayor Eric Adams and his team have worked to 'Get Stuff Done' since January 2022. Mayor Adams' first year has focused on delivering results for New Yorkers and tackling New York City's most pressing challenges.
“We inherited a city in crisis, with spiking COVID rates, increasing crime, and lackluster job growth — but at the end of my rookie year, New York City isn’t just coming back – we’re back,” said Mayor Adams.
Critical Highlights from Mayor Adams administration include:
Making New York City Safer: As a result of the Adams administration’s focus on public safety, shootings are down 17 percent year to date and homicides are down by 13.1 percent year to date. Further, the NYPD has removed more than 7,000 illegal guns from New York City streets this year and made over 4,500 gun arrests — a 27-year high. Additionally, November 2022 saw major crimes drop from where they were in November 2021, showing efforts are working across the board, and subway crime in that same month dropped by 12.8 percent compared to the same month last year, leading to more than 1 billion passengers using the MTA’s subway system this year.
Creating Opportunities for Young New Yorkers: During the summer of 2022, Mayor Adams expanded summer youth job opportunities, serving over 100,000 young people — that includes approximately 90,000 jobs through the Summer Youth Employment Program and approximately 10,000 through other city programs, the largest in the city’s history. The city operated the largest summer academic and enrichment program in New York City history, Summer Rising, serving 110,000 elementary and middle school students. The administration also expanded the Fair Futures program so that all youth in foster care, ages 11 to 26, and youth in juvenile justice programs, are connected with dedicated coaches or tutors. Additionally, Mayor Adams launched the Career Readiness and Modern Youth Apprenticeship program, connecting 3,000 students with paid multi-year apprenticeships.
Launching Dyslexia Screenings for Public School Students: Building off Mayor Adams’ own experience as someone with dyslexia, all 100,000 New York City educators are now trained in dyslexia awareness through Made by Dyslexia. The 80 elementary schools, 60 middle schools, and 20 high schools with the highest rates of dyslexia risk will have additional experts at their sites, and all students at risk of dyslexia in kindergarten through 2nd grade will be screened to meet the needs of these children.
Securing Billions to Provide Quality, Equitable Childcare to Working Families: Mayor Adams secured $4 billion in the state budget for childcare, helping working families manage these rising costs. Mayor Adams also cleared the childcare voucher waitlist, allowing families of 36,000 additional children to apply for affordable and highly-subsidized childcare. These efforts, along with additional tax credits and abatements, moves the city closer to providing all working families with the quality childcare they deserve.
Expanding the Gifted and Talented Programs for Public School Students: Mayor Adams added 100 kindergarten seats and 1,000 third-grade seats to Gifted and Talented schools, expanding both entry points to all districts and serving every community citywide for the first time in history. The city also expanded early childhood special-education seats across the five boroughs, putting the city on track to provide a seat for every child with a disability by February 2023.
Putting Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Back in New Yorkers Pockets with the Earned Income Tax Credit for Families: Mayor Adams secured an enhancement of the Earned Income Tax Credit, with a $250 million annual commitment from the city and a one-time state payment estimated at $100 million — reaching 800,000 New York City residents. Single parents will see a 400 percent increase in their benefits, for a total of $905. A married couple with two children will see a 200 percent increase, for a total of $897.
Creating the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Preservation Trust to Deliver on Promises to NYCHA Residents: Mayor Adams got the NYCHA Public Housing Preservation Trust bill signed into law, which will deliver repairs to 25,000 NYCHA families through an innovative 100 percent public model, with residents scheduled to begin voting in 2023.
Connecting People in Need to Stable Housing: Since the beginning of the year, the Adams administration has connected nearly 3,000 households to supportive housing, well surpassing the number of New Yorkers connected to supportive housing in 2021, and putting the city on track to meet its goal of connecting 4,000 households to supportive housing by mid-2023.
Providing Free Internet and Cable to Hundreds of Thousands in NYCHA: Mayor Adams launched Big Apple Connect to provide free high-speed internet and basic cable TV to 300,000 New Yorkers living in more than 200 NYCHA developments by the end of 2023.
Reviving New York City’s Tourism Industry: New York City is estimated to receive 56 million visitors in 2022 — a 70 percent surge from 2021, and a return to 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, New York City had the highest hotel occupancy amongst the top 25 markets.
Making New York City Streets Safer: Thanks to Mayor Adams’ advocacy, the city was able to transition its 2,000 automated speed cameras to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week on August 1. Speed cameras and automated traffic enforcement are proven, effective safety tools shown to reduce speeding by 72 percent. Additionally, the city has completed safety improvements at 1,400 intersections, exceeding an initial goal of 1,000. As a result of all this work, New York City has recorded 88 pedestrian fatalities, among the fewest to date in the city’s recorded history.
Building More Housing: Since the beginning of the year, the city has approved approximately 12,000 new homes through 40 packages of zoning changes, including approximately 7,500 income-restricted homes. In November, Mayor Adams also announced a plan to build 2,500 units of 100 percent affordable housing (the city’s largest 100 percent affordable housing new development in four decades) and the city’s first Major League Soccer stadium in Willets Point. This all built on the city’s financing, this past fiscal year, of the creation and preservation of 21,951 affordable homes, including 16,042 affordable homes financed by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as well as securing financing for the upgrade and repair of 5,909 public housing apartments. NYCHA also completed renovations for over 2,600 public housing units.
Making New York City the Center of Life Science Jobs: Mayor Adams announced an agreement to create the Science Park and Research Campus Kips Bay, an innovation hub that will generate approximately $25 billion in economic impact for the city over the next 30 years; create 10,000 jobs, including 2,000 permanent jobs; and transform Hunter College’s Brookdale Campus on East 25th Street and First Avenue into new, state-of-the-art teaching and commercial facilities.
Supporting Immigrants Coming to New York City: New York City has led the nation’s response to the influx of asylum seekers through an interagency operation that managed the arrival of buses; opening approximately 70 emergency shelters and humanitarian relief centers; and establishing the first-in-the-nation Asylum Seekers Resources Navigation Center and, subsequently, 10 additional centers, to provide comprehensive services, including access to health care, educational enrollment, and legal assistance, among other services. Additionally, the Adams administration responded to international emergencies with the Ukrainian and Haitian Response Initiatives to provide legal services to Ukrainian and Haitian refugees.
Getting Stuff Clean: Mayor Adams announced a $14.5 million sanitation investment to help build a cleaner, more welcoming city across all five boroughs that targeted more than 1,000 areas that have long been neglected. Mayor Adams also invested a record $22 million in new funding for litter basket service, with baskets now emptied approximately 50,000 more times per week citywide when compared to 2021. New Yorkers are tired of seeing overflowing litter baskets, trash under overpasses, and an out-of-control rat population, so the Adams administration intends to deliver a more functional and more well-kept city for all.
Creating Largest Composting Initiative in the Nation: Mayor Adams announced the nation’s largest curbside composting program as weekly collection of compostable materials became automatic and guaranteed for every resident in Queens.
Clearing the Backlog of Unpaid City Contracts: More than $5.3 billion in money owed to non-profits has now been unlocked through the ‘Clear the Backlog’ initiative, resulting in 3,303 previously unregistered, retroactive contract actions being registered or submitted for registration — helping 624 providers of essential community services get paid.
Staying Ahead of COVID-19: Mayor Adams launched a first-in-the-nation Mobile Test to Treat program to provide immediate access to COVID-19 antiviral treatment pills, which are proven to reduce hospitalization and death. The city also handed out more than 75 million free at-home COVID-19 test kits to ensure New Yorkers would have accurate test results right away when needed.
Building an Equitable Cannabis Industry: Mayor Adams launched Cannabis NYC, a first-of-its-kind initiative to build a legal and equitable cannabis industry that supports entrepreneurs, especially those disproportionately impacted by the criminalization of cannabis, and their workers as the industry develops. Through a two-week pilot program, the Adams administration also helped to protect justice-involved individuals who were promised the first opportunity at new cannabis licenses by conducting enforcement against unlicensed establishments selling cannabis — resulting in the seizure of more than $4 million worth of products being sold illegally and the issuance of more than 550 summonses.
Cutting Red Tape for Small Businesses: The Adams administration made reforms to 118 city regulations as part of “Small Business Forward,” which will save New York City small businesses approximately $8.9 million annually.
Protecting Vulnerable Workers
Mayor Adams delivered first-of-their-kind new protections for New York City’s more than 60,000 app-based restaurant delivery workers to raise labor standards and promote better working conditions in the food delivery industry. The Adams administration also launched the historic Medallion Relief Program+, which has provided more than $316.5 million in debt relief for over 1,200 medallion owners.
Expanding Services for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers: Mayor Adams announced a $6.7 Million investment in new and expanded services for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, including a first-of-its-kind funding for capacity building of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC)/non-binary (NB)-led nonprofits, legal services, and support for homeless youth.
Supporting Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Enterprises (M/WBE): Mayor Adams helped secure legislation in Albany allowing the city to increase discretionary spending for M/WBE businesses and organizations from $500,000 to $1 million. Mayor Adams also achieved the city’s 10-year goal of awarding $25 billion in contracts to M/WBEs three years ahead of schedule.
Making New York an Inclusive City for All Ages: Mayor Adams launched the City Cabinet for Older New Yorkers, a first-of-its-kind multiagency collaboration created to seek coordination and efficiency across departments, leverage resources, and shape current and future services to better serve older adults.
Expanding Weekly Programming at Recreation Centers by 1,400 Additional Hours: The Adams administration supported New York City youth by announcing that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) would expand recreation center hours by 1,400 hours at nine locations across the city. In October 2022, with an investment of $7 million, NYC Parks expanded hours and programming at nine recreation centers across the city, resulting in a 17 percent expansion of citywide recreation center hours. A total of 130 full time staff, including programming, maintenance, and security staff, were hired to support this expansion. Once fully-trained and onboarded, programming staff will deliver more than 1,400 additional hours of weekly programming.